Between Oct. 1 and 3, the Brandeis women’s tennis team participated in the ITA Regional Championships hosted by Bowdoin College.
In the singles A draw, two Brandeis athletes were included. Senior Ana Hatfield ’22 faced off against a student from Smith College in the round of 64. Hatfield won the first round after a close set 7-6, but the series was quickly tied up after her opponent won the next set 7-0. Even after being swept in the previous round, Hatfield bounced back and won the final set 6-2 to move onto the round of 32. Unfortunately, she would proceed to lose her next match against a student from Wesleyan University, after losing two sets 2-6 and 3-6. First-year Bhakti Parwani ’25 also competed in the singles A draw but did not make it out of the first round. Parwani faced off against the number two ranked player in the draw and ended up losing in two sets.
For the singles B draw, four Brandeis students competed. Sophomore Jiayi Zhang ’24 won her first match in one set to advance to the round of 32. However, she did not move on after losing to a student from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 5-8. Freshman Anastasia Sia ’25 also proceeded to the round of 32 after defeating a student from Trinity College in one set 8-4. Sia then fell to a student from Wesleyan University after a close set 5-8. Sophomore Ella Subramanian ’24 had a strong effort against a student from Tufts University, but ultimately fell after losing one set 5-8. After a first round bye for freshman Sabrina Loui ’25, she faced off against a student from Amherst College in the round of 32. Loui proceeded to win after a back-and-forth match with an ending score of 8-6. She then moved onto the round of 16. In the round of 16, Loui went up against a student from Tufts University and she played strong through the two sets but ended up losing both sets 4-6 and 1-6.
In the doubles draw, the Judges sent two pairs to the tournament. Hatfield and first-year Cecilia Denis ’25 was one of those pairs, but they did not make it out of the first round after losing to students from Tufts 4-8. The other pair was Parwani and Loui. Parwani and Loui had a first round bye, so they started off their play together in the round of 32 against the number eight-ranked pair, which consisted of students from Wesleyan. After a battle back and forth between the two pairs, Parwani and Loui completed the upset and won the match in a single set 8-6. In the round of 16, the duo completed another upset as they beat another ranked team from Middlebury College 8-7. This brought Parwani and Loui to the quarter finals to face off against the second ranked pair from Tufts. They ultimately fell to the team from Tufts 4-8 but not after an incredible run full of upsets.
This was the women’s tennis team’s final match of the semester. They will resume play in the spring with their first match against Bryant University on Feb. 5.